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Group Trips


Daycare Field Trips and Groups on Friendly Rider

You can bring a group of up to 16 students per bus and adult chaperones on the bus.

Scheduling a field trip

Important: For groups of 10 or more, you can receive the Class Pass discount or you may schedule your trip via email. For groups of this size, we request you schedule trips at least two weeks in advance.
All members of your group must board and disembark together.
You can pay with regular Friendly Rider tickets or cash on the day of the trip.
Travel during off-peak hours (weekdays 9 a.m.–3 p.m.).
For preferred travel times, get your request in early.


“Class Pass” reduced fare for groups of 10 or more

If your group has 10 or more people, you can order a Class Pass (pre-payment required) for just half fare for the round trip, including students, teachers and chaperones. The discounted pass is available to everyone.

To receive the Class Pass discount, you must fill out the class pass form at least one weeks prior to your trip. We’ll send you a Class Pass and a customized trip itinerary by mail.


Have a safe trip

Please keep your students in sight and near you at all times. To make your trip a safe and enjoyable experience for all, please share the following riding tips with your students and chaperones:

  • Your group sometimes will be sharing the bus with other passengers, so please be quiet and respectful of them.

  • While students may cross the street in front of a school bus that is stopped and has flashing red lights, they should never cross in front of a Friendly Rider bus—unless it is stopped at a traffic light.



Email friendly.rider@co.wadena.mn.us or call 218-631-5730.

Download Request Form

To receive the Class Pass discount, you may also download and print out a copy of the form.

Mail the form and payment to:

Friendly Rider
229 Harry Rich Dr.
Wadena, MN 56482

Field Trip Request Form


Need to cancel?

If your plans change, we will gladly reschedule your trip for another day at no charge.

  • Please call us at least one day in advance to cancel your trip.

  • If you need to reschedule your trip, please notify us at least one week in advance, if possible.


We hope you all have a great time on Friendly Rider! Be sure to remind your students of the rules for riding Friendly Rider.